Walkway Between Epcot and the Studios Affected by Skyliner Construction

On a recent trip we decided to check on the progress of the Skyliner station. We also snapped some pictures of the impact the construction is having on bus transportation and the walkway that connects Epcot to Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Walking is just about our favorite way to get around the Epcot/Studios area, especially since we like to stay at one of the Epcot area resorts. But we have to say that all this construction is really throwing a wrench in the works!


If you attempt to walk to the Studios from Epcot, here’s what you’ll encounter.

When you exit Epcot’s International Gateway, you can see that Skyliner station construction has already made an impact. Walls surround the FriendShip boat dock and the opposite space where the station will be, creating an almost tunnel-like effect.




Once you get past that construction, the walk from the International Gateway past the BoardWalk is largely unaffected.

The changes start when you emerge from the walkway — you are now routed just short of the usual exit point. Here’s a view of the sidewalk taken from the Hollywood Studios’ parking lot, looking toward the Studios.


As you continue along the sidewalk, you pass the entrance to Hollywood Studios’ Skyliner station construction site.


You also walk past where the bus stops have been relocated during the construction. This is where the non-Disney, charter buses usually congregate. It’s a little confusing at this point, and could definitely use a few more directional signs.






As you walk along the path, you’re treated at times to a behind-the-scenes look at the construction.


There’s temporary fencing all along the sidewalk so that you really feel like you’re in a construction zone, which is, we think, unusual for Walt Disney World.



We took this photo from the Studios boat dock while waiting for the FriendShip that would take us back to the Walt Disney World Swan.


You can see it’s progressing, but nowhere near finished yet. Do you think it looks anything like the artist rendering Disney shared a few months ago?

studios skyliner station

We haven’t heard an exact opening date as to when the Skyliner is supposed to open, but we can tell you one thing — we can’t wait until all this construction along the walkway is finished!

What do you think of the new Skyliner? Will you use it? And how has the construction affected you? Let us know below!

Debra Martin Koma wrote about food, travel and lifestyle issues for a number of local and national publications before she fell in love with Walt Disney World on her first visit — when she was 34! She's returned to her Laughing Place more times than she can count in the ensuing years, and enthusiastically shares her passion with readers of AllEars.Net and AllEars®. Deb also co-authored (along with Deb Wills) PassPorter's Open Mouse for Walt Disney World and the Disney Cruise Line, a travel guide designed for all travelers to Walt Disney World who may require special attention, from special diets to mobility issues.

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4 Replies to “Walkway Between Epcot and the Studios Affected by Skyliner Construction”

  1. We just got back from wdw. We stayed at the Boardwalk as always! We were told at check-in that the walk to Disney Studios was about 45 minutes due to the construction. That was not true at all. We love the walk to the studios and the construction detour maybe added 5 minutes to our walk. NO big deal at all.

    1. Thanks Ed! We love the walk between Epcot hotels and HS. Was concerned when hotel just told me 45 minutes. Considered changing hotel but 5 minutes is nothing.

  2. Why is it every time I hear of this Skyliner project, the first thing that comes to mind is the famous “Springfield Monorail” episode of the Simpsons?